Study Shows Allergies May Protect Against Brain Cancer

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In a study which was published in the journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Bio-markers and Prevention on February 7th, researchers have linked the suffering of  allergies with protective effect against the most common form of brain cancer in adults in the United States.

Bridget J. McCarthy, research associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois and the study’s lead author found that patients with gliomas, both low and high grade tumors, were more likely to report having no allergies than other cancer-free patients who were included in the study.

“We need to do more studies to really get at that underlying mechanism. Then we might be able to do things that would influence people who might have a higher risk or may have a family history,” commented McCarthy.

The overreaction that allergic people have to usually harmless substances like pollen or dog hairs may actually be protecting them from cancer, since their immune system seems to be on “high-alert.”

It is not now clear how this information can help either prevent or cure this form of brain cancer, but the interesting results of the study pave the  way for further study of the phenomenon.

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